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Crusaders hammer the Lions at Ellis Park

Johan Ackermann’s men were annihilated by the Crusaders, leaving a 28-7 result at Ellis Park.

Veteran Lions lock Franco van der Merwe. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Crusaders hammered the Lions at Ellis Park, beating Johan Ackermann's men 28-7 in what was a tightly contested match for most parts.

Second-half tries from Ryan Crotty, Andy Ellis and Kieron Fonotia took the match out of reach for the Lions, who only had themselves to blame.

Poor handling and a lack of execution saw them squander multiple opportunities.

The Crusaders headed into the match with just two wins out of five matches and were desperate to secure a positive in Johannesburg.

Unlike the Lions, their approach was measured and calculated; and while it wasn't always flashy, it got the job done, ensuring they walked away from Ellis Park with a bonus point.

Lion's Coach, Ackermann says, "They didn't play rugby at all. If you look at the tries they scored and the mistakes we made, it was disappointing. They weren't as dangerous as the score line suggests, but when they had the ball, they were clinical, they knew exactly what they were going to do."

Lion's captain Warren Whiteley says, "Defensively and even on our attack, there were moments where we created great opportunities and forced an offload or two and lost possession. There are positives, but I know we are better than what we showed. We have to pick ourselves up and bring a better performance against the Sharks.

Meanwhile, Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says, "I was really proud of the players. Coming here off the back of a loss, they probably lacked a bit of confidence. We knew we were up against a really good Lions team and that we have to play well. I'm pleased the guys came out and played with a lot of heart.

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